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Militant group attacks Pakistan police academy; scores dead

11:10, Tuesday, 25 October, 2016
Militant group attacks Pakistan police academy; scores dead

At least 59 people were killed and 118 injured when militants attacked a police training academy in Quetta, Pakistan, late Monday night, government officials said.

Major General Sher Afgan, Chief of the Paramilitary Frontier Corps, told reporters Tuesday that Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-jhangvi was behind the attack -- an al Qaeda-linked militant group that has repeatedly carried out deadly attacks on the country's Shiite Muslim minority in recent years.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is known for targeting Shiites in Sunni-majority Pakistan, including a series of bombings in early 2013 that left more than 160 people dead in Balochistan province.
     Last year, the then head of the group, Malik Ishaq, was killed during a shootout after armed men on motorcycles ambushed a police convoy that was transporting him between prisons in Punjab province.

Laskhar-e Jhangvi also claimed responsibility for a January 2014 bombing of a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims that killed more than 20 people.
     The group was outlawed in Pakistan in 2001 and designated a terrorist organization by the US State Department in 2003.

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